When are irregular periods a cause for concern? Do I need to get my hormone levels checked?

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Yes I would suggest to have it checked. If you are having cycles every 2-3 months, there is a good chance you’re not ovulating consistently.

Common causes of not ovulating regularly (anovulation) include:

  1. Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  2. Thyroid disorders in particular hypothyroidism
  3. Rare disorders of the pituitary gland like hyperprolactinemia

It is useful coming to a diagnosis because chronic anovulation can result in hyperplasia of the endometrium (too much growth and thickening of your womb lining).

Anovulation will also result in some difficulty in conceiving. With a proper diagnosis, appropriate treatment can be started to correct the underlying disorder.

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What's the next step if I suspect that my acne, irregular periods and weight gain is due to hormones?

Your guess seems right on track, and based on your symptoms you might want to be evaluated for possible polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). You might want to start with your general practitioner who will be able to arrange for a physical exam, some basic and diagnostic blood tests, as well as a pelvic ultrasound. In Singapore, endocrinologists and gynaecologists most commonly manage PCOS. If your symptoms and acne are indeed due to the above hormonal issue, management with lifestyle changes such as weight management, with or without oral contraceptive pills, can be of good use. Hope this helps!

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Should I be worried about PCOS if I have irregular periods?

thanks for your question. In a nutshell, yes you should definitely see your GP regarding your irregular periods to rule out certain things, PCOS being one of them. Excess body hair (hirsutism in medical speak) and irregular periods are some common characteristics of PCOS, with the others including being overweight and having acne. So what you’ve told me is certainly suggestive. Thyroids disorders are also a rare cause of irregular periods, especially if you know that you have a family history of thyroid problems. This can also be screened for easily when you see your GP.

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